Senior Organiser

The Trussell Trust

  • Salary: £35,317
  • Location: Frequent UK travel and occasional travel to Salisbury or London offices
  • Closing: 12:00pm, 8th Nov 2021 GMT

Job Description

The Senior Organiser is responsible for providing ongoing support for food banks to organise and campaign for change. You will ensure that food banks develop effective local influencing strategies – covering local and Trussell Trust priorities – and that they have the capacity, skills, and resources to deliver them. You will work closely with grant funded Local Organisers as part of the Trussell Trust’s organising project, frequently visiting food banks in your assigned area. You will provide an important link between the food banks you support and other departments at Trussell Trust, as we build a movement to help end the need for food banks. We are recruiting one Senior Organiser based in the North of England, and one in the South of England.

Role responsibilities

·       Supporting food banks to organise and campaign Provide ongoing support for food banks in your assigned area, including enabling them to identify influencing priorities, develop effective strategies, and build the teams locally to deliver these. You will ensure the participation of people that have lived experience of poverty throughout, whether informing, delivering, or leading.

·       Supporting local food bank organisers

Work closely with Local Organisers on the pilot phase of the organising project, holding regular 1:1s and annual reviews to ensure objectives and key results are met. 

·       Engaging food banks in the Trussell Trust’s campaignsWork with other teams to engage the food banks you support in the Trussell Trust’s influencing priorities and campaigns, including how they might take ownership of campaigns locally and help shape those priorities in the first place - especially when they have local campaigns that have promise to achieve impact through scale.

·       Supporting colleagues and sharing best practice

Work closely with other Senior Organisers, Area Managers, Pathfinder Leads and Local Organisers to support and provide effective communication, as well as share learning and best practice.

·       Engaging others in food banks’ prioritiesEngage other relevant stakeholders to support delivery of local food bank's influencing strategies, within the Trussell Trust and externally, reporting on progress locally.


Person Specification

Technical skills and minimum knowledge:

·       Experience of delivering organising work and/or campaigning for change at a grassroots level.

·       Excellent knowledge and understanding of the political landscape of your assigned area.

·       Experience of influencing on a local and/or national level.

·       Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, including volunteers.

·       Knowledge and experience of a wide range of campaigning tactics.

Behaviours and competencies:

·       Confident in communicating to a range of audiences and able to seek and balance a range of views and stakeholders, influencing where required.

·       Good project management skills, able to balance a range of priorities.

·       Demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Trussell Trust.

·       Demonstrates empathy for people from disadvantaged, marginalised or socially- excluded backgrounds.

Key Stakeholders

·       Food banks, including local organisers, project managers, volunteers, and people they support.

·       The Area Team, who support food banks in their day-to-day work.

·       The OLM Training Manager, who also sits in the OLM department.

·       Grants team, who will manage the bursaries for OLM funded local roles.

·       Participation team

·       Policy, Research and Impact directorate.

·       Strategic Communications department.

·       Audience Insight and Engagement department.

Our Values

The Trussell Trust is a charity that works to end the need for food banks. It is founded on and shaped by Christian principles.

Our values of dignity, justice, compassion and community, are central to all that we do and therefore supports our aim to be an organisation where the diversity of all employees is valued.  We welcome people of all faiths and none and those that are committed to these values.

We recognise that we have under-represented groups within our workforce. As part of our commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity we are actively encouraging applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions and those with a lived experience of poverty as well as any other under-represented group in our workforce. We are committed ensuring the safety and protection of our employees from all forms of harm.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 8th Nov 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

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